Happy Valentine’s Day! Jim + Mallory = ?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Dear Mallory, It’s over. Please return my grey cashmere sweater at your earliest convenience. It was a gift from my mother. Jim   Dear Jim, We were dating? That’s so sweet. I didn’t realize. I think you’re a great guy, but since we only just met, it hadn’t occurred to me that we were in a relationship. Why, may I ask, are you breaking up…

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Gratification Now! A Self-Care Guide

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Whenever I think about caring for oneself, I always remember the well-known, highly effective parenting technique that I utilized with my own kids, called Gratification Now. It works really well. And teaches wonderful, life-long lessons. The idea is that whenever you’re feeling depleted, low, sad, tired, hungry, or have a need of any kind, just give yourself what you need, whatever that may be, and do it without delay! Gratification…

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Wondering What Your Kid Is Saying To That Nice Interviewer?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

And there you are, sitting in the waiting area, while your 9-year-old son Steven is off interviewing with the head of admissions from Milton Middle School. You’re trying to wait patiently, but you can’t help wondering, “What will he talk about if I’m not there to prod him along? Will he stick to good topics? Will he ask interesting questions?” Meanwhile, in the admissions office down the hall, the interviewer and Steven have taken their seats. (Brace yourself… Your kid…

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News Flash: Busy Week for the Debs – From Ultramarathons to Open Mics

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Congratulations to Theresa Snyder for winning a copy of THE ASSISTANTS by  Camille Perri!  We send our thanks to Anjali Mitter Duva for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her novel FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN.  You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) September 30th to win a copy of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN (US only). We’ll select and contact the…

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Finding Funny in THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I love a book that makes me laugh, especially if it’s nerdy humor. I love a book with books in it – it’s kind of meta and that appeals to my oddly working mind. I love book people from every walk of life. I love grand romantic gestures. So basically, I loved Shelly’s book THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING. She did so many things beautifully, but it was her humor, especially…

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Deb Susan is Surprised by Ninja Turkeys

Let me begin by saying I don’t live in the country. My house lies in a fully residential suburb of Sacramento, California – sidewalks, urban sprawl, you get the idea. Which is why it came as such a surprise one evening when my son looked out the window and said, “Mom … there are turkeys in the yard.” “Real turkeys?”  I asked. “As in – birds?” (I thought maybe he…

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Deb Susan Belongs in a Punitentiary

When the topic turns to humor, I must confess a deep and all-consuming love for the pun. One of my all-time favorite games involves punning back and forth with someone else until one of us loses the ability to add a new pun to the chain or bursts out laughing. Fortunately, I’m lucky enough to have several close friends and family members who not only appreciate but enjoy this particular…

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Deb Dana is more Liz Lemon than Tina Fey

When I first told my parents I was writing a romantic comedy, my dad widened his eyes and smiled and, after getting over his apparent initial shock, said, “Wow.” “What do you mean, ‘wow’?” I asked. “It’s just surprising, that’s all. A comedy. Because, you know, you’re so…serious.” Which I guess I can be, some of the time. Or maybe a lot of the time. My brother, Brian, is the…

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Deb Kerry Finds Humor in the Dark Places

We stand in a forlorn little clump on the funeral parlor sales floor – my brother, my mother, and I – attempting to pick out a casket for a man who can’t possibly be dead. We are all a little lost, not sure yet who we are without him or whether the family center will hold. One thing we all see for certain but don’t know how to say: the…

Monday, September 24, 2012
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Newsflash: September 23, 2012

Congratulations to Tamara, winner of HEMINGWAY’S GIRL! From the 2013 Debs… Deb Kerry had a very exciting week teasing everybody with the cover reveal for BETWEEN. In case you managed to miss it, you can see it right here.  Deb Dana received a galley of THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO LOVE AND SUPPER CLUBS from her publisher and can’t believe what was once a very large Word document is now an actual…

Sunday, September 23, 2012
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